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Happy with the Multimaster

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

How I finally got the Fein Multimaster tool is a bit of a story, but it may prove informational for anybody interested in acquiring one of these interesting oscillating tools.

I have been interested in boat building since I went for my first ride in a canoe at about the age of 6. I had the good fortune of having a father that had many interesting friends. One of these friends built handmade canoes as a hobby, and it was in one of these beautiful canoes that I took my first ride. I knew from that point forward that I too would someday build my own boat, and I did. In fact I am currently building boat number eleven.

I love boat building and I have been serious about it for the past 10 years. That's about one boat built each year. And I have accumulated the tools I need over the years and fine-tuned my style. But, one of the issues in building boats that has always left me less than satisfied is working with epoxy sealant. I have tried other types of glues and even a type thinner polyurethane glue but never with satisfactory results. I always go back to epoxy and always end up with globs of dried epoxy goo that must be removed.

My standard method of dealing with this is to use the power sander to remove the excess epoxy, but this takes tons of time and I end up going through many sander discs. So, I have had my eye on the Fein Multimaster oscillating tool as a solution to my sealant problems and to help me get the clean finish on each boat that has always eluded me. I would love to get a clean enough surface, in fact, that I could finish both inside and outside of the boat with a clear lacquer.

The main problem I had with purchasing the Multimaster tool, however, was that is costs roughly $300 for the entry-level model. I can afford this to be sure. But, it sort of rubbed me wrong to be paying that kind of money for what appears, without having used one, like an expensive sander. In any case, for a pick-me-up present to myself I went ahead and ordered the Multimaster Top from my local hardware store.

So now that I have the Multimaster tool myself, what do I think of it? I knew the action of the tool was oscillation but I had never used any type of oscillating tool previously. That was pretty cool to see how that works. As for operating the Multimaster, there is an on & off switch on the side that is easily accessed and a variable control for speed (which oddly has no marks so you just learnd from experience) and kit comes with and assortment of grit & sand papers, a sanding pad, a solid scraper blade attachment wood saw for cutting flush. I guess my main use of the tool to date is using the scraper to remove epoxy globs and the sanding disc to finish. For both of these jobs the Multimaster has functioned with a hitch. And, while using the scraper I am able to remove all but the very thinnest of the epoxy film which I then get remove with the sanding attachment.

I still do use the orbital sander, but not for removing epoxy any longer since that is for the Multimaster. But I use the sander for finish work. And once I got the hang of how I would be integrating the Multimaster tool into my finishing process, I ordered a few more smaller sander attachments to get into tighter areas, areas I just left previously. And I find it interesting that even though I have this additional tool in the process and I am finishing more and in tighter areas than I was before, my overall time spent on a project is roughly the same.

I have no idea about what the inside of the tool look like or are rated at or how powerful the Multimaster motor is, but this is one tough tool. And the tool just feels very solid and the oscillating action, which you might imagine to be jerky, is anything but. It is smooth and easy to use and I am looking forward to years of good use from it.


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